U.S. and Israel Point Towards Iran … But Did They Do It?

Car bomb attacks which occurred this week in India, Georgia and Thailand are being blamed on Iran by the U.S., Israel and their allies.

If Iran, in fact, carried out the attacks, it will provide a justification for war against Iran.

But did Iran actually carry out the attacks?

Let’s put aside for a moment the fact that the U.S. and Israel support the terrorists which have assassinated several Iranian scientists (and see this).

And put aside for a moment the following facts:

  • The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950′s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister
  • American and Israeli officials admit that they have repeatedly carried out terrorism and then blamed it on Arabs (and see this)
  • Ron Paul has warned of a “Gulf of Tonkin type incident” in Iran
  • The highly influential Brookings Institution wrote a report in 2009 called “Which Path to Persia?” which states (pages 84-85):It would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be.Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.)
  • Ed Asner says that members of the elite Navy Seal team told him that the U.S. would carry out a false flag attack and blame it on Iran to kick-start the war
  • The war against Iran has already begun. See this, this and this

Why Would Iran Bomb One of Its Most Important Trade Partners … Who Is Helping Iran to Escape from Sanctions By the West?

India has become one of Iran’s most important trading partners, and has been increasing its ties to Iran since sanctions have been imposed by the West. Indeed, India has agreed to use creative payment methods for Iranian oil. See this, this, this and this.

Why would Iran carry out a terror attack on one of its most important trading partners … one which has agreed to help help Iran escape from sanctions?

As Finnian Cunninham notes:

What would Iran gain from such action, only grief and trouble?

This is especially true with regard to India and Thailand. Both Asian countries have become major trading partners with Tehran in recent years. India, along with China, is Iran’s biggest customer for its vital oil industry.

Thailand is of growing importance as a trading partner with Iran for oil, mining, heavy industry, services, technology and agriculture especially after both countries set up a joint business council five years ago.

For Iran to carry out such attacks, as is being claimed, would be like shooting itself in the foot, particularly because both Asian countries have refused to join in the US-led campaign to isolate Iran economically and diplomatically.

Put the other way round, it is much more in the interest of Washington and Israel to destabilize relations between Iran and its Asian partners. The repercussions from the blasts in India would appear to be having that desired effect.

Take this Reuters reports: Up to now India has not gone along with new financial sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union to punish Iran over its disputed nuclear programme. Instead, New Delhi has come up with elaborate trade and barter arrangements to pay for oil supplies. However, the president of the All India Rice Exporters’ Association said Monday’s attack on the wife of an Israeli diplomat in the Indian capital will damage trade with Iran and may complicate efforts to resolve an impasse over Iranian defaults on payments for rice imports worth around $150 million. “The attack and its political fallout have clearly vitiated the atmosphere. Traders who were already losing money due to payment defaults will be extremely wary of continuing their trade with buyers in Iran,” Vijay Setia told Reuters.

So add it up. Bomb teams with proven US/Israeli assassination expertise and methodology; target countries that are major Iranian partners; desired effect of further isolating Iran internationally; and, to cap it all, a long sought-after pretext for Israel to attack Iran with America’s blessing.

When logic and facts coincide like this, it’s usually more prudent to engage in reason than to indulge in lurid claims.

Simiarly, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam writes in the Guardian:

Let’s assume that sections of the military and security apparatus in Iran are responsible for the string of bombings in Georgia, Thailand and India. What would be the motive? The argument that Iran is retaliating for the murder of five civilian nuclear scientists in Iran is not plausible. If Iran wanted to target Israeli interests, it has other means at its disposal. It is hard to imagine that the Iranian government would send Iranian operatives to friendly countries, completely equipped with Iranian money and passports – making the case against them as obvious as possible.

If the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are as professional, highly trained and politically savvy as we have been told repeatedly by Israeli politicians themselves, if they have successfully trained and equipped the cadres of Hezbollah and other movements with paramilitary wings in the region, then why would they launch such a clumsy and self-defeating operation?

And why India, Georgia and Thailand, three countries that Iran has had cordial relations with during a period when Iran is facing increasing sanctions spearheaded by the United States? A few days ago, India agreed a rupee-based oil and gas deal with Iran and resisted US pressures to join the western boycott of the Iranian energy sector. As a net importer of 12% of Iranian oil, India’s total trade with Iran amounted to $13.67bn in 2010-2011. What would be the motive for damaging relations with one of Iran’s major trading partners and regional heavyweights?

For Iran it doesn’t make sense to risk alienating India by launching an assassination attempt in the capital of the country. Similarly, Iran has good economic and political relations with Georgia and Thailand. Why would the leadership in Tehran risk a major crisis with these countries during this sensitive period when IAEA inspectors are moving in and out of Iran to investigate the country’s nuclear programme?

And Juan Cole points out:

India has suffered from both Hindu and Muslim terrorist groups. So the attack on an automobile outside the Israeli embassy in New Delhi could easily have been carried out by an Indian group. Israel’s government, a master of spin and propaganda, immediately blamed the bombing on Iran and Hizbullah. But there is no evidence for this cynical allegation, which makes no sense. India is Iran’s economic lifeline, and Tehran would not likely risk such an operation at this time.

India gets 12% of its oil from Iran and sees an $8 billion annual export opportunity in filling the trade vacuum left by unilateral US and European boycotts of Iran. Contrary to a bad Reuters article, Indian officials denied Tuesday that the bombing would affect trade ties. (Logical because no evidence points to Iran.)

Indian investigators are first rate. Based on the modus operandi, their initial thesis is that the attack was the work of the “Indian Mujahidin” group. It had used a similar remote controlled sticky bomb, placed by a motorcyclist, in an attack on Taiwanese tourists outside the Jama Masjid cathedral mosque in 2010. IM is a Sunni group, not connected to Iran, and doesn’t like Shiite Muslims (Iranians are Shiites). IM like other Sunni radicals support the Palestinians and they are unhappy with increasingly close ties between India and Israel.

American media that just parrot notorious thug, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in this unlikely allegation are allowing themselves to be used for propaganda. Why not interview Indian authorities on this matter? They are on the ground and have excellent forensic (“CSI”) abilities. Stop being so lazy and blinkered; that isn’t journalism.

Category: Think Tank

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12 Responses to “Who Carried Out the Terrorist Car Bombings in India, Thailand and Georgia? Iran … Or Someone Else?”

  1. mlnberger says:

    Barry, it breaks my heart to see you publishing such anti-Semitic propaganda. Seriously, my favorite meme I am following is the purported assassination attempt of the Saudi Arabian ambassador on American soil by a couple of gunmen from Mexico attributed to Iranian intelligence. That story is so obviously bogus, but now is routinely listed as one of the crimes against the Iranian regime. Who is the nearest living relative of the Shah?

    ~~~

    BR: The idea of the ThinkTank is to publish a handful of selective voices on topics and views that are contra to my own. And as a Jew, I am offended by the implication that anything critical of Israel is Anti-Semitic

  2. Greg0658 says:

    casting this doubt is prudent .. now did you hear the latest espionage stuff .. Google hacked into iStuff and disabled its anti-cookie collection softwares .. another false flag ? this one by an android hater ? a run of the mill shorter ?

    now onT .. if the USGov wishes above – is it aOK .. I think we know the answer to that (for awhile anyway)

  3. zell says:

    All this stuff is irrelevant. The question is whether Israel has decided that it is in mortal peril and that there is no intervening variable that can change that. Iran has stated what its intention is. Hezbollah in So. Lebannon is armed for an offensive operation. Israel does not need additional pretext. Do they feel they have to pull the trigger in the face of the damage they will sustain?

  4. gman says:

    Barry,
    My sarcasm meter picks up high level when reading “mlnbergers” “charges”. I think he/she was actually being complimentary of your post.

    One of the main reasons I voted for Obama was the “HOPE” he would keep us out of trumped wars.

    But as Pink Floyd says in Dogs of War: “Even our masters don’t know the webs we weave…”

  5. theexpertisin says:

    BR..

    And Jews masterminded planes flying into the World Trade Center. And Obama is a Kenyan.

    Sure, as with all countries, we act criminally foolish from time to time. But to cast doubt on the Iranian’s attempting to even the score after Isreal knocks out nuke scientists in Iran is quite a stretch.

    Besides, after the discovery of the Iranian blowing off his legs, only an Arab intel service could be this inept. :).

  6. panskeptic says:

    This article is utter rubbish.

    We know that there is not one Iranian government, but about six, who hate each other. They do not coordinate their sometimes contradictory poositions.

    Israel has, by proxy, assassinated several Iranian nuclear scientist. Some Iranians are patient, others insist on immediate revenge, however poorly prepared and executed. For example, the botched hit on the Saudi ambassador. Iran HATES the Saudis.

    A thousand years ago, it was well-known throughout the Muslim world that Persians were the biggest liars. This has not changed.

    Despite the contorted pseudo-logic displayed in the article above, there is no reason to believe that Israeli’s are killing themselves in order to make Iran look bad. Iran already looks bad. Israel doesn’t have to do a thing.

    Next I guess we get articles about how the Buenos Aires bombings that killed 85 Jews and injured hundreds was also an Israeli plot. Sorry guys, that was Iran, too.

  7. gman says:

    From everything I have read, the sales pitch for the war v. Iran has been the exact same as the pr campaign waged against Iraq. After the smoke cleared most of the major claims for war v. Iraq were complete fabrications.

    The US public has a very short memory.

  8. Frilton Miedman says:

    Regardless if BR’s list of incidences and causes has merit, it’s absolutely imperative that we question our government, it’s motives and the means to which it seeks to enact them.

    To hear anyone accuse him or others who do this of being foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists undermines the role of the people and the MSM in doing what isn’t just a pastime, but an absolute necessity.

    We the people are supposed to keep the government in check, not the other way around, Bush is the one who started this trend, we need to reverse it…heck, BR could be found to have posted “terrorist” subject matter on this blog, what’s to stop him from being apprehended & held indefinitely?

  9. to all y’all,

    I’m pretty this a post from Washington’s Blog..

    BR didn’t ‘pen’ this..

    and, after 2x-checking..

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/02/who-carried-out-the-terrorist-car-bombings-in-india-thailand-and-georgia.html

    and, needless to say..

    here.. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/

    are some other good Posts..

  10. panskeptic says:

    Iran has bragged that they are working on a long range missile capable of flying 6000 miles or more. How close they are to completing their work is an open question, but it is something we need to know. Because when they do, Iran is not merely an Israeli problem, nor a European problem, but our problem.

    They have a martyr ideology. We do not. Something else to keep in mind.

  11. gman says:

    “Something else to keep in mind…..”

    300k americans died in car crashed in the last decade is also in that category…

  12. gman says:

    How can I make money of the upcoming war? No bids contracts for defense contract..the oil contracts..oil futures for the closing of Straight of Hormuz. People are going to make a lot of money off of this ..it might as well be us..